Frank Naccarato, Alto Sax

I became a NY State Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and worked my way up to Clinical Supervisor. I left there in 2006 to accept a position as Program Manager for an addictions program in Albany. In 2005 I was approached by the owner of a Traumatic Brain Injury services agency to develop a substance abuse program specifically for survivors of traumatic brain injury. It was the first of its kind in NY State to be licensed by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the Department of Health (DOH). It has been so successful over the last two years that we were asked by both agencies to expand to the Syracuse area. I have been in charge of the expansion project and in developing the program there. We will be swinging our doors open in a week - March 2nd. From there we will be looking at Westchester County and then Long Island. I have been able to work with the government, specifically the Department of Defense, to allow us to provide alcohol and drug services to the veterans returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. As I am sure you know the "signature injury" of the Iraqi war is brain injury. I have been honored for my advocacy efforts over the last ten years at a Congressional Breakfast in Washington, DC and have received many awards from agencies and national organizations around the country for my efforts of demanding equal and fair treatment for those who suffer from addiction. Last week I received an international certification (International Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor) which allows me to practice in 17 countries, the US territories (such as Guam and the US Virgin Islands) and on American Indian reservations.